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Production on the long-awaited Fisker Karma has finally begun. The $88,000 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built in Finland, with U.S. and European deliveries expected to begin next month.
The Karma is capable of traveling up to 50 miles on electricity before a 2.0-liter, 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks on. Including the two 201.5 horsepower electric motors, total horsepower is claimed to be 403 ponies and total torque is said to be a whopping 981 lb-ft.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Exotics
Tags: Fisker Karma, alternative fuels
Generally speaking, I'm not that interested in Renault. Or Peugeot or Citroen, for that matter. Not because of some dumb, misguided disdain for the French, but simply because I know that I won't be able to buy one here in the States. Or see one on the road for that matter. So why get attached?
But the DeZir concept that launched at last year's Paris Motor Show was just too fetching to ignore. Smooth curves. Can't-miss red paint job, Electric powertrain and Kevlar body panels. It refused to be missed.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Renault, Dezir, concepts, Renaultsport, sports cars,
The Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck never really resonated in the American market, but it has done well enough overseas to merit a redesign. General Motors will be unveiling the new Colorado at the Bangkok International Auto Show in Thailand, and the company has released images of the truck already.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Rumors
Tags: Chevrolet, Chevy, Chevrolet Colorado, Bangkok International Auto Show, compacttrucks, mid-size trucks, GMC Canyon,
It was just over a year ago that Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The innovative track hybrid features a combination of rear-mounted 480-hp V6, two front-mounted electric motors and a flywheel generator in place of a battery pack. The generator pulls power from regenerative braking and distributes it to the front motors when needed for short bursts of acceleration.
Apparently the original R Hybrid has grown long in the tooth in that short year span. Porsche has previewed a revised version which will officially debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in late June.
Tags: Porsche, hybrids, race, track, GT3 R Hybrid, 911, Hybrid cars, Green Cars
Things have been going along swimmingly between Porsche and Volkswagen—at least as swimmingly as they can when you play a game of corporate chicken, like Volkswagen and Porsche did for years. Porsche has assumed a new role developing large-sedan and sports-car architecture for the VW Group—a role that it pulled out from under less contentious VW brand Audi—and all appears to be going smoothly toward Volkswagen's goal of becoming the world's largest automaker by 2018.
At least that's what it looks like from the outside looking in. According to a recent Reuters report, Volkswagen's merger with Porsche still faces significant hurdles—hurdles that threaten the future of the merger.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Volkswagen, Porsche, business, VW, Volkswagen AG,
Despite moves by the House to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating tailpipe emissions, the Obama administration is continuing talks regarding fuel-economy and pollution standards for the years 2017-2025.
The talks involve automakers, the state of California, and environmental groups.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Safety
Tags: fuel economy, Congress
Chrysler has hit a hiccup in its otherwise seamless "Imported from Detroit" ad campaign. It seems like Chrysler isn't the only one in the city that wants to capitalize on the message. The automaker has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Detroit against Pure Detroit, a local clothing manufacturer. According to the suit, Pure used the "Imported From Detroit" slogan on its own t-shirts without any permission or licensing deal from Chrysler.
An excerpt from the lawsuit reads: "Upon seeing Chrysler's stunning ad, capped off by the powerful tagline, defendants immediately and opportunistically sought to usurp Chrysler's goodwill and exploit Chrysler's investment for themselves. They both copied Chrysler's tagline exactly and used it on some of the very goods for which Chrysler had filed a trademark application, clothing."
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: Chrysler, ads, lawsuits, business, Imported From Detroit, clothing, Pure Detroit
Not so long ago Mitsubishi announced the end of the most iconic and spectacularly fun vehicle in their lineup. Shaken by the news, auto enthusiasts rose up and cried out in disbelief. How could the famed Mitsu Evo, the car everyone remembers as Mitsubishi’s most fascinating vehicle, be canceled after 10 generations? Apparently those screams of outrage were heard and affected the Lancer’s future. Mitsubishi has recently and appropriately decided to “evolve” the Lancer, rather than an outright cancelation. The initial plan to scrap the vehicle was supposedly related to changes in the market. As a result, in the future we can expect to see new models with better fuel efficiency in response to market demands. Hopefully performance will not be sacrificed at the same time.
Posted In: Car News, Rumors
Tags: Mitsubishi, Evo, Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Mitsu, evolve, cancel, changes
If and when Indian automaker Tata succeeds in bringing the world's cheapest car to the United States, it won't be so cheap anymore, at least not when compared with its pricing in India. The tiny, four-seat Nano earned the rank of world's cheapest car when it debuted in 2008. In India, it sells for 100,000 rupees, which roughly equates to $2,000. Pretty damn cheap for a car. However, if the Nano is exported to the United States, as is Tata's plan, the price is likely to increase nearly fourfold, diminishing some of its appeal and buzz.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Tata, world's cheapest car, Nano, Pixel, concepts, pricing, business, Yugo
Though mile-per-gallon competitions have provided a contemporary side show for the muscle car wars, in the end, it's all about pure, unadulterated power. At the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Chevy raised the bar with the all-new 2012 ZL1, a 550-hp beast of a Camaro. Now, rumors indicate that Ford isn't going to sit idly and let Chevy steal its thunder. Car and Driver reports that the next Mustang Shelby GT500 may just leap well over 600 hp.
Posted In: Car News, Rumors
Tags: muscle cars, Ford, mustang, shelby, shelby GT500
Porsche has announced plans to build the "Cajun" crossover at the same Leipzig plant that is currently responsible for both the Cayenne and the Panamera. Expansion on the plant will begin in late 2011 and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.
Porsche chairman Matthias Mueller said in a statement: "During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality.The decision in favor of this location is proof of our trust in the skills and qualifications of our Leipzig associates, and at the same time another contribution to the economic advancement of the region."